Category Archives: My favorite artists

Meet Tina from Night Vision

Meet our shop of the weekend, Night’s Vision. The name of Tina’s shop, Night’s Vision has been with her since the late ’90’s and is a statement on where and when she feels her creativity comes from. Tina has been a night owl her whole life and find that those moments of creative impulse, the “vision” comes to her in the middle of the night when everything is quiet and peaceful. Who knows what lurks in the dark next!

“Hallowed Catrina” is a OOAK Art Doll by Tina Lynn Ellis. Standing approx 11.5″ tall this goddess shaped cloth bodied doll is a mixture of my favorite days of the year Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. The fabric used for the body is a great Halloween print. The face of this Hallowed Catrina sits mask like on the doll head and is made of polymer clay then painted and accented with crystals and glitter. Many different types of fabric make up her fabulous gown, starting with my favorite, tulle! Her full skirt and bodice both have a ruffled edge created from ribbon. Hanging from her simple beaded belt are several strands of beading containing stone, ceramic, and glass beads. Her hair is made up of many different yarns and ribbons giving her that lovely wild mane of hair. Topping her off is a feathered top hat made of polymer clay and all glittered up!

The Greenman is a 7 to 8 inch soft bodied hand painted art doll by Tina Lynn Ellis. His face and accents on his body have been handpainted on fabric. Along with his crown of leaves his hair is made up of various different yarns and fibers. He does not stand on his own but can be placed in a sitting position or a doll stand may be used.

Have you ever been broken open? Whether it be by joy or pain there comes a time when our sacred inner fire cannot be be contained. Inner Fire Sacred Heart Pendants are hand sculpted causing no two to ever be exactly alike, just like you and me. After sculpting with different distressing techniques these pendants are further enhanced with careful hand painting. The back sides are glittered and the whole pendant is sealed with a gloss. Comes with an organza and cord necklace. This particular pendant measures approx. 2 x 2 1/2 inches.

Visit her blog at Http://nightsvision.blogspot.com and keep up with happenings at http://www.facebook.com/nightsvision

I love the diversity and imagination of Tina’s artwork, I hope you enjoyed this amazing glimpse of her artwork!

Congratulations Ashley from AntiqueAlchemists

A special shout out to my friend and team leader for Team Elite: Ashley from AntiqueAlchemistsEach week our team leader from katikamade  hosts our very popular Themed Treasury Game!
This week, our winner is Ashley from AntiqueAlchemists!  Antique Alchemy is run by us Justin and Ashley, We are a husband and wife team. We collect, renew, rejuvenate, share and enjoy antiques and collectables of all types.We love anything with age, character and definitely a story!

Here are a few of her shop items that we just LOVE!
Gorgeous Silver plated hand crafted Miao Tribal Bangle. Miao (Hmong-China) are known for elaborate embroidery and exquisite work with silver.  This has a beautiful patina, beautifully crafted and ready to wear.  Pre-1960’s.
Pretty silvertone ring with a pale yellow center stone, surronded by clear rhinestones.  Size 7.5   Unsigned or Dated.
Ready to wear, Nice condition. Minimal wear from age.
Elegant yet simple Napier Dangles.  Gold tone Metal with Faux Pearl Beads. Circa 1960’s. Measures 1.5”
We also would love to share with you Ashleys winning collection:

‘WARMTH OF SUN, SPLASH OF YELLOW ‘ BY ATWI100YEARS

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT…..SUMMERSPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO AIMER!!CLICK COMMENT LOVE SHARE


Porcelain Teardrop Sun … 

$14.00

Vintage Buttons / Metal… 

$7.50

Vintage Purse Brilliant… 

$28.00

Vintage Tea Cup and Sau… 

$35.00

Hand Painted Pullover C… 

$15.00

Golden Beaded Earrings … 

$10.00

Vintage Canary Yellow S… 

$22.00

VINTAGE LEMONADE PITCHE… 

$20.00

Vintage Christmas Light… 

$4.00

Stone bracelet – yellow… 

$16.00

Candle Holder Shabby Ch… 

$7.00

Mustard Flower Necklace… 

$17.00

LOVE Art Print Wall Art… 

$18.00

ON SALE Fused Glass Clo… 

$129.60

Vintage Bauer Casserole… 

$25.00

Sunflower Yellow Swarov… 

$6.00

Coffee with a touch of Teal


‘Coffee with a touch of teal’ by AimerLaTerreJewelry

‘Coffee with a touch of teal’ by AimerLaTerreJewelry


Wall Storage Organizer …

$34.00

Iced Coffee – brown, cr…

$35.00

Teal Family Established…

$40.00

Figurative Guitar Brown…

$205.00

Vintage French Potato B…

$75.00

Leather earrings – teal…

$15.00

Vintage Backgammon Game…

$15.00

Stained glass candle ho…

$38.00

Turquoise Flower Indust…

$14.00

Brown Wooden Purse

$30.00

Candle Holders Shabby C…

$18.00

Woodland Bird Ornament….

$10.00

Cambro TS180, Tan and B…

$15.00

Cat Cave Bed House Teal…

$36.50

Brown Coffee Beans Czec…

$3.85

BLUE DIAMOND Dog Harnes…

$30.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Monday shopping with some of my favorite Etsy friends!

I am in LOVE with these beautifully colored paper straws from ButtercreamDreamShop !

These sweet paper straws make me want to sit on a front porch swing & sip cold lemonade on a hot summer day.

Not only are these straws cute & colorful, they are also eco-friendly and completely biodegradable. Made with high quality paper, they are also covered in a food grade coating that will make them last for hours. So no more worrying – they will NOT fall apart in your drink!

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Brighten any day with these pretty sunshine flowers from FlowersByKara!

Felt flowers poppy (rauchullus) applique 3 shades of yellow sunshine, canary summer, sunflower – 6pcs. Handmade yellow felt poppies appliques, hand cut and sewed with black beads.

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How beautiful is this Summer Felted Bag created by LanaDiNata, just stunning!

Even in rainy weather, this BRIGHT COLORFUL SUMMER FASHION BAG will bring you good mood and joy of use.Hand crafted, OOAK , green yellow bag made from high quality felted wool with the addition of silk fibers. A really useful bag and very handy, as it is big enough to fit all of your essential bits and pieces in there, like your phone, keys, wallet, make up, glasses etc.

This eco friendly Bright Summer bag is an excellent gift for a loved one, friend, MOM and all whom you care…

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Add a touch of adorable to your day with this cell phone charm from  WELOVESTITCHES!

Hello everyone . i am the Girly Bear cell phone charm attached with a removable gold strap . Bring me out with you and have an enjoyable experience all day long ! i can be a cell phone charm , keychain , a decor hang on the bag , clutch , camera or even a christmas onament that hangs on your christmas tree! : )

Each of our girly bear keychain are made out of felt , they measures approximately 2.4″ / 6 cm tall and 2.8″ / 7.5 cm wide filled with stuffing . All details are carefully and securely stitched on.

100% handmade with love! No machine use. Designed , hand cut and hand sewn by me .

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I love this Yellow Rose Vintage Pin Set from  Holly !

Yellow Roses for Summer! This is an adorable vintage set right out of the 60’s ~ the delicate little roses are a sunny yellow with peridot green rhinestone centers, detailed green leaves & a gold-tone base possibly gold filled or vermeil as it has kept it’s color very well the clips are a gold-tone metal as well. All in great vintage condition with minor wear a small nick or 2 in the enamel typical for vintage enamel jewelry. Brooch m. 2″ tip to tip – Earrings 1″ l x .5″w

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Beautifully bright and perfect for wearing with any outfit is this sweet necklace from our featured guest shop of the dayPrettyNecklaces.  ♥GORGEOUS! This stunning necklace is designed with our delicate hand-sculpted rose cabochon. The silver-plated links of high-quality glass rounds are accented with a silver-plated chain that closes with a silver-plated lobster claw clasp, total approximately measures 19″ long. 

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Thank you for stopping by and shopping with me today!

To purchase any item you see here, just click on the SHOP NAME highlighted in blue.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Interview with Bags by Hags

Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started in this field?

I was born and raised in Texas, I am a former Police/Animal Control Dispatcher, My husband was in the US Army and we spent 6 years in Alaska. After his time was up in the Army we decided to return to Texas to be closer to family. Once we returned my Mom needed more care I now take care of her, once we moved her in I needed something to keep me busy so my husband bought me a new sewing machine and Bags By Hags was born.

When did you first discover your creative talents?

I have always love to create things, I get that from my grandmother I used to sit at her feet while she sewed. I loved it! But through my adult years as I worked outside of the home I really didn’t have the time to spend creating. The past year has been great for this as I have really been able to see my creative side come to light with my business.

Could you tell us about some of your work?

My Bags and Purses are the core of my product, the bigger bags are made from recycled denim jeans and the smaller purses are made into a Tie Bag Style.
The Potato Bags and the Pot Holder Handles are my most popular items. But my very favorite items are my Bible Covers. Each Bible Cover is unique and made with the most of my Love.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

Faith inspires me, I pull on it daily, it is very important to me. If I am having a day where I don’t feel very motivated, I usually take a step back and take a break for the day. I think it is important to revive and renew every now and then. I love to take evening walks, but what revives me the most is spending a day with my 3 beautiful grand-daughters!

How will you describe your style?

My style is Western, I love everything about it, however I try to expand my designs out to be a little more funky as well.

What is your approach to design?

I actually will lay my material out on my work table and say I see a ***** out of this I then take off from there deciding on coordinating fabrics, embellishments , and finishing touches. I pin a note to the material with all the information then move on to the next.

Describe your workshops for us:

I turned the Breakfast Nook area in my Kitchen into my workshop. I have my cutting table, sewing machine, dresser for fabric storage, and a shelf for extra storage. I also have an extra bedroom that I made into my “Shipping Area” All finished items are stored in a sealed container and I have a little dresser with all my shipping items in it. I love that I have a designing area and a finished area!

Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?

I am always asking myself, how would Memaw (my grandmother) have put this together?

What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

I hope my audience can see the love and faith in every stitch I make. I want to make unique items that are both beautiful and affordable.

How do you bridge the gap of the business side of designing?

I have a calendar on my desk, I make a list of all the business things I need to do, I work on those in the morning and the afternoons are when I spend my time designing and creating.

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Honest, Faithful, Humorous, Loving, Hardworking

How has your experience been selling online? 

It has be great! I am learning something new everyday and look forward to watching my business grow!

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist? 

The most exciting thing for me is to look back and see how far I have come in just 1 year.

Do you have any advice for new artists?

Never give up! Keep working and give it all you have, have faith, be positive, and live your dream!

Where else can we find you online? 

www.facebook.com/BagsbyHags
twitter.com/BagsbyHags
BagsbyHags@gmail.com
www.bagsbyhags.blogspot.com

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you Marsha, your shop is beautiful!

Interview with Alegria Collection

Our Thursday Treasury Challenge winner is:

Our Thursday Treasury Challenge Winner is no stranger to creating fabulous collections for Team Elite!  Betty from  AlegriaCollection.

In our last interview with Betty after winning a previous challenge, we learned why Betty is inspired by vintage and about her shop.  This week I wanted to find out how Betty goes about curating her winning collections and what inspires her!

Tell us how you came to love curating treasuries:
When I first joined Etsy I was fascinated by treasuries, but they were a mystery to me—how to be featured on one, how to create one, how exactly did it all work? Then, my guesswork having failed, I read the instructions (what a novel idea!), but I was still “afraid.” After a few months I finally closed my eyes tight, held my nose and jumped in! My first treasury was for Mother’s Day: “Blue, Oh So Blue,” in honor of my mother whose favorite color is: blue! (www.etsy.com/treasury/MTk1Nzk0ODZ8MjcyMjc4ODczNg/blue-oh-so-blue?index=7) I was pleased with the results and received a lot of positive feedback. From then on I was hooked!

Do you pay attention to the treasuries on the front page?
I do pay attention to FP treasuries, but I find many of them a little pale and minimalistic, although I’ve seen many lovely FP treasuries. I’m a “maximalist”—more is more—and love bold colors and plenty of texture. I choose items that evoke a certain emotion and fit the theme I’m following as much as possible. I use FP treasuries to stay informed—like reading the newspaper or watching the news—but I don’t try to emulate the FP because my style is very different.

‘AUTUMN IN PARIS – TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY’ BYBEATRIZMCDAVID

“AUTUMN” THEMED TREASURY FOR TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE. ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE. SEE OUR BLOG FOR DETAILS: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/2012/08/WEEKLY-THURSDAY-TREASURY-CHALLENGE_8.HTMLENJOY!


Autumnal House – 8x… 

$22.00

ORIGINAL French La… 

$390.00

Mustard fingerless … 

$20.00

Ceramic Tile, Citri… 

$42.00

Brown and cream tut… 

$165.00

Paris Street – 8&qu… 

$23.00

Parisian Graffiti. 

$30.00

Ethiopian opal cab … 

$85.50

Leaf Finding Charm … 

$4.00

Pet Photography Kit… 

$20.00

Abstract stained gl… 

$150.00

Paris Photos – Drea… 

$30.00

Iced Coffee – brown… 

$35.00

Handmade French Cop… 

$35.00

Fingerless Gloves W… 

$28.00

Brown honey necklac… 

$17.00

How do you choose a name for your treasury curation?
It depends. If it’s a treasury for a team challenge with a predetermined theme I try to tie the theme to a quote I love or a phrase from a poem. Sometimes I will use one of the featured items as the inspiration for the treasury’s name. For example, I curated a Team Elite treasury for the “pink and yellow” challenge and named it “Dream.” The first featured item was a yellow scrapbook page with the word “dream” on it. It just seemed to fit the overall feeling of the treasury. I’m also a writer and always have phrases running around in my head, and often I have a name before I start selecting items to include in a treasury.

‘AUTUMN FIRES – TEAM ELITE’S THEME TREASURY CHALLENGE #3’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

THIS WEEK’S TREASURY THEME IS FALL EMOTIONS AND INCLUDES 7 PREDETERMINED TE MEMBERS AND 9 RANDOM NON-MEMBERS. MY TREASURY’S INSPIRATION COMES FROM ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’S POEM AUTUMN FIRES, TEXT IN COMMENTS BELOW. PLEASE FAVORITE, SHARE AND


A Fine Art Photogra… 

$30.00

Behind The Curtain…. 

$1080.00

A Very Smokey Night… 

$20.00

little red riding h… 

$18.00

Sisters by Kathleen… 

$22.95

Old Gold, Yellow, P… 

$12.75

Abstract Fine Art N… 

$25.00

Children Clothing, … 

$25.00

12 acorn place card… 

$4.00

Elegant Knit Circle… 

$52.00

Smokey Quartz, Gold… 

$24.00

Broken China Brown … 

$50.00

Lucite Flower Earri… 

$17.00

5×7 Photograph Aged… 

$29.00

Hand painted Kaua&#… 

$20.00

October 1923 Autumn… 

$20.00

What inspires you when creating treasuries?
I love to travel, I love books, flowers, rainy days, color, autumn (I curated an autumn treasury entitled “Summertime . . .” and in my comments I said, “but I love Autumn best of all.”) Current events, like Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, inspired a teapot-themed treasury. Inspiration is really everywhere for me.

‘SUMMERTIME . . . ‘ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

BUT I LOVE AUTUMN BEST OF ALL.


Artist Note Card–N… 

$4.99

Love Autumn Woman A… 

$35.00

1923 Marine Inverte… 

$14.00

Business Card Case … 

$30.00

12.25×6.25 Autumn&#… 

$15.00

Autumn / Fall Orang… 

$6.00

Hand Dyed Long Silk… 

$32.00

Knit Unisex Circle … 

$52.00

Autumn Swarovski Cr… 

$24.00

Hand Dyed ribbon – … 

$3.95

Autumn photograph, … 

$30.00

LEAF ME ALONE–Autu… 

$147.00

Fall Leaves Gift Ta… 

$6.00

25% OFF SALE CLEARA… 

$4.50

Autumn Colors Orang… 

$22.00

Autumn Masque Open … 

$15.00

What is your advice to getting views on a treasury curation?
The first thing I do after completing a treasury is convo all featured sellers and tell them they’ve been treasured. (I’m often surprised to find out one of my items has been included in a treasury but I knew nothing about it.) I also remind the featured sellers to “favorite” the treasury and ask them to share it. I’ve noticed many people leave comments but forget to favorite, which is the most important part for promotion purposes. Lately, I’ve started Tweeting and posting my treasury items on Pinterest and Wanelo. I’m not sure how much traffic that generates for those shops, but it can’t hurt! It’s time consuming but I let the sellers know that I’ve promoted one of their items; I think they appreciate it and many reciprocate. I also convo Etsy friends who aren’t featured in the treasury but are more than glad to offer support—and they do!

‘JULY DAFFODILS’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

“YELLOW” – TEAM ELITE’S WEEKLY BLOG CHALLENGE, WITH FEATURED SHOP VIKSVINTAGEJEWELRY: HTTP://WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/VIKSVINTAGEJEWELRYANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE! FOR DETAILS, SEE: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/ENJOY!


Vintage Paul Webb M… 

$40.00

Felted purse cosmet… 

$59.00

Glow in the Dark St… 

$18.00

Vintage Pre WWII Si… 

$28.50

300gr of organic Li… 

$18.00

Daisy Art Summer Fl… 

$15.00

Vintage Yellow Stil… 

$23.00

wedding jewelry,swa… 

$27.00

Medieval Wooden Chu… 

$25.00

Art Print of Origin… 

$9.00

Elegant Spring Rhi… 

$5.00

Art Deco PRYSTAL Bu… 

$32.00

Vivid Fine Art prin… 

$30.00

Iron Yellow Tumbler 

$18.00

30% off – Lemons – … 

$21.00

Orange, yellow and … 

$15.00

Do you think treasuries help sellers gain views in their shops? If so, how?
I think they do. We are all curious by nature, and if someone features one of my items in a treasury I want to see what the curator’s shop looks like, what kinds of items she carries, do I want to add her to my circle or follow her on Twitter, do I want to favorite or Tweet the shop. Even if what I see isn’t my style, I always try to return the favor by selecting a few favorites. What goes around comes around, or better yet, “you shall reap what you sow.”

‘PEACH SORBET WITH MINT’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

“PEACH AND MINT GREEN,” TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY FEATURING HTTP://WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/VIKSVINTAGEJEWELRY?REF=SELLER_INFOVISIT OUR TEAM BLOG TO PARTICIPATE: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/


Peach, Green, Clear… 

$64.50

Enchanted Forest 8x… 

$21.00

Peach Rhinestone Ea… 

$22.00

Rose Earrings Peach… 

$5.00

Venice, The Green P… 

$25.00

Vintage Austrian Gr… 

$17.00

Porcelain Dove Bird… 

$15.00

CHRISTMAS Ornament … 

$45.00

Neon green bookmark… 

$16.00

Bulky Silver and Me… 

$91.00

Art Print of Origin… 

$9.00

Vintage Writing Jou… 

$24.50

Vintage Green BAKEL… 

$38.50

Limited Edition Pri… 

$130.00

Vintage Lisner Rhin… 

$9.99

Busy Morning on the… 

$30.00

What is it you look for when selecting items for your treasury curations?
Beauty, emotion, evocative colors—items that say “wow”! But—and this is really important and something I’m working on in my own shop—if I love the item but the picture isn’t good, I won’t use it. Pictures are everything, and I mean everything!

‘ON A CLEAR DAY…’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

. . . YOU CAN SEE BEAUTY.


Pink Love – Reiki I… 

$51.00

RESERVED listing 

$82.00

Vintage Glass Flowe… 

$19.50

Vintage Bridal Wedd… 

$168.00

Moonstone Briolette… 

$28.00

Crystal clear rosar… 

$14.00

La Belle Mariée St… 

$200.00

Vintage Rhinestone … 

$18.50

Freshwater Pearl Cr… 

$68.00

ART DECO Bracelet R… 

$140.00

Paris Photo – There… 

$25.00

Off white Headband… 

$19.90

early 1900s Antique… 

$39.95

French Antique Cann… 

$100.00

Soldered Pendant, E… 

$27.00

Hand Blown Pitcher … 

$18.00

What is one piece of advice you can give new Etsians when it comes to making treasuries?
Don’t be afraid and get started! But be thoughtful about it. Whatever your theme, make sure the items complement one another somehow. Depending on the treasury’s theme or objective, the featured items can be 16 versions of the same thing (like my teapot treasury), or they can be a contrast of colors and textures, or a collection of completely diverse items that tells a story. For example, my Italian friend Cris of KrissWool, who I believe is a master curator, built a treasury around old, utilitarian items:www.etsy.com/treasury/MjA2MjM2MTh8MjcyMjkxMTY3Mg/strong-and-simple-life2…. What could have been a hodgepodge, turned out to be a visually beautiful collection that evoked earlier times, regardless of the item’s original use. And the name, “Strong and Simple,” is perfection!

‘FROM THE HEART – TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

TEAM ELITE’S WEDDING-THEMED THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY FEATURING WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/SASSALYNNE. THANK YOU TO OWL AND HOURGLASS FOR THE TITLE INSPIRATION.TO PARTICIPATE, SEE OUR TEAM BLOG: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM.


Ex Animo – From The… 

$22.99

Tan, Teal, Green, F… 

$7.00

original watercolor… 

$129.00

Blue Gray Pocket Mi… 

$14.00

LOVE Birds. Unique … 

$9.99

Personalised Gift T… 

$3.00

Blue Chrysophase Ea… 

$85.00

bridesmaid gift adj… 

$10.00

Photo of Coffee Cup… 

$25.00

Custom Bracelet: We… 

$40.00

Sarafina Curls – Or… 

$28.00

Vintage Philippe Lo… 

$23.00

Bamboo BATHROBE Org… 

$75.00

Summer Collection -… 

$34.00

Vintage Bracelet Pe… 

$30.00

Home decor – weddin… 

$13.00

Who are your top three favorite Etsy sellers and why?
It’s impossible for me to pick just three! I love so many Etsy sellers and they are all unique in their own way! I love the ones I love for the originality of their creations, for the quality of their vintage items, for the beauty of the supplies they offer. But I have to make special mention of one shop I’ve bought several things from: Ozma Of Odds: www.etsy.com/shop/ozmaofodds?page=2. I don’t know where Rosemary finds her inspiration, but not only is her shop beautiful to look at, but her inspirational offerings are exquisite—they speak to me on a very personal level. And she sounds like a lovely person to boot!

‘DREAM – TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

THIS WEEK’S THEME FOR TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE IS “PINK AND YELLOW.” VISIT OUR TEAM BLOG TO PARTICIPATE: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/THANK YOU TO SWEETCONCEPTDESIGNS FOR THE “DREAM” THEME!


12 x12 Scrapbook P… 

$10.00

Baby Shoes Print of… 

$20.00

Christmas in July B… 

$9.00

100% Bamboo Spiral … 

$33.00

Ornament Home Déco… 

$45.00

Romantic Bridal So… 

$185.00

Light Yellow Leathe… 

$20.00

Vintage Express She… 

$55.00

NATURAL Cotton ,Eco… 

$25.00

natural antibacteri… 

$10.00

Baltic Amber Ring R… 

$185.00

16″ long (22 p… 

$9.99

Xania, Crete Sunset… 

$15.00

Photography,digital… 

$9.00

Pear photograph – C… 

$15.00

Decoupage Wide Cuff… 

$36.00

When you buy handmade, what is it you look for? (Price, Quality, Uniqueness?)
Uniqueness and quality first, price second. Although I do not have an unlimited budget, I don’t mind paying more for something someone put her heart and soul into, and which in turn touches my heart and soul.

Anything else that you would like to tell us about, we would love for you to share with us:

‘ETSY’S GOT TALENT!’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

THIS IS A VERY ECLECTIC TREASURY. ALL OF THE ITEMS ARE FIRST-TIME TREASURY SELECTIONS–A TRIBUTE TO JUST A FEW OF THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED AND CREATIVE ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE ON ETSY. YOU INSPIRE ME!


Beautiful hand knit… 

$20.00

ORIGINAL Large Abst… 

$475.00

FREE SHIPPING.. Han… 

$78.00

beloved amongst the… 

$9.00

Rose Garden Green G… 

$24.00

Bellasoiree Origina… 

$795.00

DeNatura. . Salad T… 

$60.00

One Way Ticket To T… 

$145.00

Black lace and nude… 

$235.00

RUIN. Abstract Phot… 

$28.00

Free shipping / Chr… 

$950.00

Peridot and citrine… 

$105.00

Wire Rings Sterling… 

$30.00

Exclusive Handmade … 

$300.00

Parisian Street – 8… 

$25.00

Crocheted Scarf Nec… 

$35.00

I’ve learned that Etsy is a community and you can’t go it alone if you want to succeed. Joining a team is a great way to garner support and get noticed, but also to make friends. And some of those friendships go deeper than just “Etsy talk.” I’m experiencing that myself and nothing could be more rewarding!

I never met a medium I didn’t like… part 2

On one of my latest ventures to Hobby Lobby in search of a new medium that would add some spark to my jewelry creations, I ran across an air cured clay called “LUMINA.”
So, you know me and my clay obsession… I quickly put a package in my already overly full shopping basket and headed to the check out lanes. I couldn’t wait to get home and try this mysterious new clay medium. Through much trial and error, here is what I learned about this pricey, yet extrodinary air cured resin-based polymer clay.

Lumina, unlike Polymer Clay brands such as Fimo, Cernit and Sculpey is an air drying, resin-based, polymer clay . I have to admit after playing around with this clay I was amazed at how well Lumina holds up when rolled out to a paper-thin sheet. I also am amazed and love that creating delicate pieces such as flowers and intricate small designs far surpasses regular polymer clay, and when I saw far surpasses, we are talking by leaps and bounds!
It’s flexibility makes it the perfect medium that will not break or warp when cured. Although Lumina is semi-waterproof, never leave this clay in standing water… I had some clay that dried out a bit and decided to try to re hydrate it… sadly I found that if left in water too long it will melt.

The major downside to this clay is that it only comes in translucent. So, being the adventurous person I am I tried kneading in food coloring (BAD IDEA!) then tried oil paint, a sheer disaster and then moved on to try acrylic paint. To my wonderful surprise the acrylic paint worked! I must mention though that kneading in the paint is a messy job, but the results are wonderful when you can create the exact color you are wanting to achieve. One note of caution, and believe me when I warn you that Lumina can not be kneaded in a food processor like Sculpey, Cernit or Fimo, in doing so I created a huge mess that took a ton of elbow grease clean up. =( My food processor has never been the same since…

Here are some earrings I created using Lumina, they are super lightweight. I actually painted these with acrylic paint after the Lumina had cured and then sealed them with Flecto Diamond Varathane for a water protectant sealant.

Lumina does not hold a very good bond to itself either, unlike polymer clay it just doesn’t hold its own per say. I experimented with Super Glue, E-6000 and found that Mod Podge or any 3-dimensional adhesive works extremely well.
It’s important to keep Lumina at its ideal moisture level so it maintains the right texture, this means having to add a bit of water when the clay feels as if it is drying out while you are working with it.

A word of advice, if you’re used to working with oven cured clays such as Sculpey, Fimo and Cernit, it may take a bit to get accustomed to this clay. It’s quick drying nature makes it less than ideal for sculpting large pieces, and is very frustrating to work with if you are creating canes. Lumina must be kept in a tightly sealed package in the refrigerator, and yes, it can and will grow mold.

Although I am impressed with the detailed intricate work I can create with Lumina, it is priced a tad too high for my pocketbook. Hobby Lobby carries Lumina at about $9.00 to $10.00 per package. If your ready to venture into using a new medium and you don’t mind the cost, Lumina is a fabulous medium for the most delicate forms you can create.

If you have not yet given Lumina a try, you should. It is great for tediously small works such as roses, flowers, leaves or anything else you can think of. Though the clay is expensive, I think its worth experimenting with, you never know, you could find that you LOVE working with this amazing clay!

Monday I will continue with polymer clay and Precious Metal Clay, you wont want to miss reading about these two incredible mediums!

I never met a “medium” I didn’t like….

Being an artist for over 20 years, I can definitely say I never met or worked with a medium I didn’t like. When it comes to creating, there isn’t anything that I actually dislike working with. I would have to say that my favorite medium of choice would have to be porcelain clay. I know there are many artists who claim that porcelain is a difficult clay to manipulate, it dries to fast and or unevenly, it shrinks when firing..etc. Maybe it was my many years of working with polymer clay that made my transition into porcelain work so natural. I have noticed that porcelain dries a bit fast when working with it, however I just keep a spray bottle of distilled water on my studio desk and spritz the clay when needed. To me, there just isn’t a more beautiful look than that of the milky transparency of porcelain after firing.

On the left is “WET” Porcelain block of clay, to the right is an un-glazed finished piece that was fired at 2000 degrees in my kiln.

Cold Porcelain
Then there is “Cold Porcelain Clay”, to be honest I have never used nor handled cold porcelain clay. I do know many artists who LOVE cold porcelain, and if you do not own a kiln or have access to one, cold porcelain is an air-drying clay that’s amazing for making small objects and jewelry.
You can make your own Cold Porcelain Clay, it is super easy and only requires a few simple ingredients.
What you’ll need:
3/4 cup white glue
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cold cream (such as Pond’s, you can find this at Wal-Mart or Walgreens for about $4.00 a jar)
1 teaspoon glycerin
1 cup cornstarch, plus additional for dusting your hands

I suggest that you use an old saucepan and spoon when making cold porcelain. The ingredients in cold porcelain are non-toxic, however it is extremely sticky.
You will want to mix the white glue, water, cold cream, and glycerin in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until smooth. When the wet ingredients appear nice and smooth, add 1 cup of cornstarch. At this point the mixture will transform quickly, becoming stiff it is important to keep stirring. The mixture will look a bit like cottage cheese, and within minutes have a consistency of instant mashed potatoes. As soon as the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan and “Clumps” into a large ball it is done. Remember that the clay is HOT to the touch so you will need a clean, old dish towel that has been wet with cold water. Drape this towel over a plate and place the clay on it. Now you will want to knead the clay with your hands. Soon the clay will be cool enough to handle, and you can continue kneading with your hands. Keep a small bowl of cornstarch nearby. Keep your hands dusted with cornstarch so the clay doesn’t stick. You can also dust the surface of your work-space with cornstarch as needed. Your clay should be smooth textured, elastic, and no longer sticky. You can now add some color to your clay by kneading in a small amount of acrylic or oil paint. When you create projects with your clay they must air dry for about 24 hours. When dry, the clay wil be very hard, slightly translucent, and smaller, as this clay does shrink about 10%. When not in use, keep your “Cold Porcelain Clay” in an airtight container. To clean your utensils soak them hot, soapy water.
Here is a great YouTube video that can get your creative spark going: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IJj6ipGeM4 This is a tutorial on how to make a flower blossom.
To the left is the cold porcelain mixture, to the right is a beautiful rose made by Chameleonite Jewellery. You can visit their awesome blog here: http://chameleonite.blogspot.com/2010/05/cold-porcelain.html

Earthenware Ceramic
Earthenware ceramic clay is pretty awesome,too! Earthenware clays were actually some of the earliest clay’s to be used by potters. Interestingly enough, it is one of the most common type of clay found. Earthenware clay’s are easily worked with due to their pliability, however they can be a bit sticky. Earthenware clay reaches its optimum hardness at between 1745°F and 2012°F (950°C and 1100°C) during firing, this happens due to the iron and other mineral impurities that the clay contains. The typical colors for moist earthenware clays are red, orange, yellow, and more common; light gray. Colors for fired earthenware includes brown, red, orange, buff, medium grey, and white. Fired colors are in large part determined by the content of mineral impurities and the type of firing temperatures and techniques used.

To the left you can see what a “RED” Earthenware Ceramic block of clay looks like.
To the right is the clay after being fired at 1800 degrees in my kiln.

Stay tuned for my continuation of mediums when I will next go over polymer clay, resin, PMC silver clay and more!

Congratulations to my artist curation of the month….. Canadian Craft Critter

I would like to congratulate Canadian Craft Critter, a crochet and knitting artist who I met when I was Captain of STATTEAM. Barbara was one of my team members who came on board as a new seller and quickly became a good friend to me as well as many of the team members. I am in awe of Barbara’s creativity when it comes to curating item collections, her ability to create the most ingenious and beautiful collections. What I love about her curating style is that she has come up with the most clever themes and tantalizing treasures to feature.

Barbara has also impressed me in that the short time she has been selling she is someone who has gone above and beyond to promote others, not only by curating collections, but by promoting others on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
It is an honor to have worked with Barbara on our online adventure in selling handmade goods, and it is with great pleasure to feature her as my FEBRUARY Artist Curator!

Below are two of Barbara’s collections in which I instantly fell in love with, I hope you will agree that these collections are truly amazing!

‘Beautiful Victorian pink’ by CanadianCraftCritter

Victorian colors and avid treasurers team challenge featuring The yarn kitchen


Felted bowls – Spring victor…

$26.00

Light Mauve Pink Tulip Glass…

$10.99

Pink Mesh Armwarmers w/ Embr…

$12.00

Sweet Twin Pink 11.5″ t…

$69.99

PINK ROSE RING black cameo v…

$10.00

Kendall – Metal Cuff Bracele…

$74.00

Pillow – The Victorian Pink …

$28.00

Enamel Vintage Flower Earrin…

$16.00

Long scarf shawl with 3D cro…

$79.00

Beautiful Domino Pendant Nec…

$34.50

Recycled Handmade Pink Paper…

$5.00

202,Victorian rose,cocoon an…

$48.00

Pink Glitter Flower with Rhi…

$12.50

s c a l l o p i n i ….roma…

$62.00

Victorian Roses Ponytail Hol…

$4.50

20% off – SUGAR Frosted FLOW…

$14.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘lilac and vanilla fields’ by CanadianCraftCritter

lilac and vanilla items a 123 treasury team challenge featuring The Yarn kitchen


Skinny scarf – Crochet jewel…

$34.00

SALE Flower Photograph Nurse…

$21.00

Purple and Cream Hydrangea F…

$21.00

Hand crochet Lariat Scarf Li…

$25.00

High Quality Hand Woven Turk…

$23.50

Pastel Elf Coat – Upcycled s…

$289.00

SET – Lilac, Cream & Bali

$18.00

Decorative Pillow Cover 18 i…

$21.00

Lilac Soy Candle

$14.00

Lampwork Earrings Brown Crys…

$38.00

Bridal Sash – Sash in Lilac,…

$220.00

Vintage Inspired Feather Res…

$36.00

Lilac and Cream Floral Tote …

$35.00

Amethyst and crystal silver-…

$27.00

Lilac and Cream Baby Chin-St…

$22.50

Lampwork Heart Earrings with…

$40.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Visit Barbara’s online shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CanadianCraftCritter

Shop of the day: Emergent Glassworks

Congratulations to Trevor the artist at Emergent Glassworks!
I am totally infatuated with this artists amazing skills with the flame! Take a look at some of his artwork, I am sure it will have you saying “WOW!” just as it did me!

(Emergence: the formation of a completely new system, patterns and properties by the complex interaction of lesser elements in the system.)

Finely crafted with exquisite detail! you’ve never seen anything this cool in your life! there’s a hundred different ways to display this; Hang it around your neck, dashboard mirror, your wall or put it somewhere cool like your fish tank, desktop zen garden or just in a display case.

This is a Handmade 1.25″ marble with a realistic amanita mushroom in it. Great for any mushroom enthusiast or marble collector!

LIKE on facebook!http://www.facebook.com/emergentglassworks

I hope you enjoyed these amazing creations as much as I did featuring them! Stay tuned for our next shop of the day!